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The Pyramid Lake
An important early view of Nevada, almost certainly drawn by topographer and Fremont expedition member Charles Preuss. This view was published in 1845 in Charles Fremont's Report of the Exploring Expedition to the Rocky Mountains in the Year 1842, and to Oregon and North California in the Years 1843-'44. The lithography was done by Edward Weber & Company of Baltimore. Predominant in the view is the pyramid rock which gives the lake its name. In the foreground, several explorers lounge around the tepee while their horses graze. Also plainly visible is Fremont's 12-pound howitzer, which he dragged for hundreds of miles but later abandoned. Pyramid Lake is located about 40 miles northeast of Reno. This is a very early Nevada view, and a famous one, which has been reproduced many times. A small, inconsequential smudge in left margin, otherwise excellent condition. Reference: Library of Congress, Nevada, Centennial of Statehood, Exhibition Catalogue, Washington, 1965, page 18. Please note: the scanning lends a slightly fuzzy appearance to the image, that is less pronounced than in the print itself.